Feb. 5th is World Nutella Day and it’s a surprise that I missed it. I had a love affair with Nutella in 2003 and it lasted til 2005. During that time I was the main author of “How to incorporate Nutella into 3 meals a day” the sub-title should have been “how to gain weight and keep it on for as long as possible with a smile on your face”. I think the hazelnut oil gave a glow to my completion . . .
My typical love affair with Nutella went like this:
For breakfast: Toast with Nutella and freshly sliced pear
Lunch: Nutella and banana crepes
Dinner: Nutella, Apple and Peanut Butter sandwich
Dessert: Nutella on a spoon.
There was at least one meal a day that involved Nutella and me. It all started in Paris, while I was traveling with friends. We were backpackers, hustlers, and on a cheese and baguette shoestring budget. We were in an internet cafe that had huge jars of Nutella on display as decor in a quiet corner. Naughty as we were, we decided that one missing from the shelf wouldn’t put them back. Yes-we stole the Nutella jar, the biggest jar we had ever seen! Between the three of us, we now had a sweet hazelnut spread to add to our cheese and baguette diet in Paris.
Karma caught up with me since I became addicted to the smooth hazelnut flavour of Nutella and I couldn’t shake it for two years. I never knew anything was wrong with eating Nutella everyday until I came to South Africa. Nutella wasn’t as readily available as I was used to and so it slowly slipped out of my everyday and never rushed back into my kitchen cupboard. I still love you Nutella and am happy you have found a day in this world for me to celebrate your existence. Thanks to David Lebovitz’s blog of food in Paris I can attempt to make my own version of you.
If you are a Nutella virgin, then meet Ms Adventures in Italy. She will give you 50 ways to celebrate the spread of Nutella and help you identity what archetype of Nutella-lover you are. As for me, I’ll be having a belated-celebration because between you and me, everyday is World Nutella Day.